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28th June – 4th July: Discover This Fascinating Week in Film History

This week we cover the period between 28th June – 4th July as we look back at the the fascinating past of the film industry. We love to celebrate the history of cinema here at More Movies and we really enjoy delving into and highlighting some of the most interesting moments in the world of movies, including milestone releases, births and deaths of the industry’s most notable characters, along with other historic happenings.

28th June - 4th July

English actress Gertrude Lawrence, famous for her roles in The Glass Menagerie, Mimi and Rembrandt, was born in London
4th July, 1898

English actor and director Charles Laughton, famous for directing The Night of the Hunter and starring in films such as Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mutiny on the Bounty and Jamaica Innwas born in Scarborough, England
1st July, 1899

American film director William Wyler, famous for his films Ben-Hur, Mrs Miniver and Wuthering Heights, was born in Mülhausen, Alsace-Lorraine, German Empire
1st July, 1902

British actor Alan Webb, famous for his roles in King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew and
Challenge to Lassie
, was born in York, England
2nd July, 1906

American actress Gloria Stuart, initially known for her roles in Pre-Code films and co-founder of the Screen Actors Guild who gained later fame playing the 100-year-old elder Rose Dawson Calvert in Titanic (1997), was born in Santa Monica, California
4th July, 1910

Legendary American film score composer Bernard Herrmann, famous for his scores for Citizen Kane, Psycho and Taxi Driver, was born in New York City
29th June, 1911

American actress and singer Ruth Warrick, famous for her roles in Citizen Kane, The Corsican Brothers and China Sky, was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri
29th June, 1916

American actress Olivia de Havilland, famous for her roles in All the King’s Men, The Adventures of Robin Hood and Gone with the Wind, was born in Tokyo, Japan
1st July, 1916

American actress Susan Hayward, famous for her roles in I Want to Live, Tulsa and I’ll Cry Tomorrow, was born in Brooklyn, New York
30th June, 1917

American voice actor Erik Bauersfeld, famous for playing Admiral Ackbar in the Star Wars films, was born in Brooklyn, New York
28th June, 1922

American actress and producer Eva Marie Saint, famous for her roles in On the Waterfront, North by Northwest and Exodus, was born in Newark, New Jersey
4th July, 1924

American actor Farley Granger, best known for his two collaborations with director Alfred Hitchcock in Rope and Strangers on a Train, was born in San Jose, California
1st July, 1925

American actor, comedian and director Mel Brooks, famous for his films The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs, was born in New York City
28th June, 1926

American child actor Delmar Watson, famous for his roles in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Heidi and Annie Oakley, was born in Los Angeles, California
1st July, 1926

American actor Harvey Vernon, famous for his roles in MacArthur, Teen Wolf and All of Me, was born in Flint, Michigan
30th June, 1927

British film director Ken Russell, famous for his films Women in Love, Tommy and The Devils, was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England
3rd July, 1927

American actor Donald “Don” Dubbins, famous for his roles in From Here to Eternity and The Caine Mutiny, was born in Brooklyn, New York
28th June, 1929

American producer Robert Evans, famous for his work on Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather and Chinatown, was born in New York City
29th June, 1930

American actor Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, famous for his roles in The Bell Boy, Moonshine and various Keystone comedies, died from a heart attack aged just 46
29th June, 1933

American director, actor and producer Sydney Pollack, famous for his films Tootsie, Out of Africa and They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, was born in Lafayette, Indiana
1st July, 1934

British screenwriter and actor Colin Welland, famous for winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his script for Chariots of Fire, was born in Liverpool, England
4th July, 1934

English actor David Prowse, most famous for playing the physical role of Darth Vader in the Star Wars films, was born in Bristol. England
1st July, 1935

American actor Kurtwood Smith, famous for his roles in RoboCop, Rambo III and Dead Poets Society, was born in New Lisbon, Wisconsin
3rd July, 1943

American actor Gary Busey, famous for his roles in Point Break, The Buddy Holly Story and Under Siege, was born in Goose Creek, Texas
29th June, 1944

Film noir Double Indemnity, directed by Billy Wilder and starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck, premiered in Baltimore, Maryland. Check out our podcast about the film here.
3rd July, 1944

American actor Ron Silver, famous for his roles in Blue Steel, Reversal of Fortune and Timecop, was born in New York City
2nd July, 1946

American Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates, famous for her roles in Misery, Titanic and Dolores Claiborne, was born in Memphis, Tennessee
28th June, 1948

South African actress Alice Krige, famous for her roles in Chariots of Fire, Sleepwalkers and Ghost Story, was born in Upington, Cape Province, South Africa
28th June, 1954

Musical drama film King Creole, starring Elvis Presley, premiered in the U.S.
2nd July, 1958

American actor Tom Cruise, famous for his roles in Mission Impossible, Top Gun and Jerry Maguire, was born in Syracuse, New York
3rd July, 1962

English actor Rupert Graves, famous for his roles in Maurice, A Room with a View and V for Vendetta, was born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
30th June, 1963

English film critic and musician Mark Kermode, known for his work with the The Observer, Sight & Sound and the BBC and his love of The Exorcist, was born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England
2nd July, 1963

American actor Ilan Mitchell-Smith, famous for his roles in Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Wild Life and Weird Science, was born in New York City. Check out our review of Weird Science here.
29th June, 1969

American actress Aileen Quinn, best known for her role as Annie Warbucks in Annie, was born in Yardley, Pennsylvania
28th June, 1971

American singer, dancer, pin-up girl and actress Betty Grable, famous for her roles in How to Marry a Millionaire, Pin Up Girl and The Dolly Sisters, died aged 56
2nd July, 1973

American screenwriter and TV host Rod Serling, famous for creating The Twilight Zone and writing Planet of the Apes, died aged 50
28th June, 1975

British actor James Robertson Justice, famous for his roles in the Doctor series, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Guns of Navarone, died aged 68
2nd July, 1975

American actress Liv Tyler, famous for her roles in Stealing Beauty, Lord of the Rings and Armageddon, was born in New York City
1st July, 1977

African American actor Richard Ward, famous for his roles in Mandingo, The Jerk and Black Like Me, died aged 64
1st July, 1979

Comedy film Airplane!, written and directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and starring Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty, premiered in the U.S.
2nd July, 1980

American actress Olivia Munn, famous for her roles in The Predator, X-Men: Apocalypse and Office Christmas Party, was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
3rd July, 1980

Czech actor George Voskovec, famous for his roles in 12 Angry Men and Somewhere in Time, died aged 76. Check out our podcast about 12 Angry Men here.
1st July, 1981

French actress Lea Seydoux, famous for her roles in Blue Is the Warmest Colour and Spectre, was born in Paris, France
1st July, 1985

American actress and singer Ashley Tisdale, famous for her role in the High School Musical film series, was born in Monmouth County, New Jersey
2nd July, 1985

Back to the Future, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, was released in the U.S.
3rd July, 1985

American actor Robert Drivas, famous for his roles in Cool Hand Luke, Illustrated Man and Our Private World, died from Aids complications aged 47
29th June, 1986

American actress Lindsay Lohan, famous for her roles in Mean Girls, The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday, was born in New York City
2nd July, 1986

American actor and director King Donovan, famous for his roles in The Magnetic Monster, Promises….. Promises! and Riders to the Stars, died aged 69
30th June, 1987

Batman (1989) set a then record of the quickest film to reach $100 million at the box office. It achieved this feat in 10 days.
3rd July, 1989

Australian actress and producer Margot Robbie, famous for her roles in Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey and The Wolf of Wall Street, was born in Dalby, Queensland
2nd July, 1990

Terminator 2 Judgement Day, directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong, premiered at Century City, California
1st July, 1991

American actor Adam G. Sevani, famous for his role in the Step Up film series, was born in Los Angeles, California
29th June, 1992

American actress Lana Turner, famous for her roles in Madame X, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Postman Always Rings Twice, died aged 74
29th June, 1995

The Nutty Professor, starring Eddie Murphy, opened in theaters in the U.S.
28th June, 1996

American actor Jimmy Stewart, famous for his roles in VertigoMr Smith Goes to Washington and It’s a Wonderful Life, died aged 89
2nd July, 1997

American film producer and director Allan Carr, famous for producing Grease, The First Time and Cloak & Dagger, died aged 62
29th June, 1999

British actress Joan Sims, best remembered for her roles in the Carry On films, died aged 71
28th June, 2001

A.I. Artificial Intelligence, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law and Frances O’Connor, was released in the U.S.
29th June, 2001

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, premiered at Disneyland
28th June, 2003

American actress Katharine Hepburn, famous for her roles in The Philadelphia StoryThe African Queen and On Golden Pond, died aged 96
29th June, 2003

Spider-Man 2, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, was released in the U.S.
30th June, 2004

American actor Marlon Brando, famous for his roles in The GodfatherA Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront, died aged 80
1st July, 2004

American screenwriter Ernest Lehman, famous for writing North by Northwest, West Side Story and The Sound of Music, died aged 89
2nd July, 2005

Animated film Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, directed by Carlos Saldanha and Mike Thurmeieris with voices by Ray Romano and John Leguizamo, was released in the U.S.
1st July, 2009

American actor Karl Malden, famous for his roles in On the WaterfrontA Streetcar Named Desire and One-Eyed Jacks,  died aged 97
1st July, 2009

Spider-Man Homecoming, directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr., premiered in Los Angeles
28th June, 2017

American comedian, actor and writer Carl Reiner, famous for his roles in Oceans ElevenThe Jerk and The 2000 Year Old Man, died aged 98
29th June, 2020

Well there we have our picks for this week in film history between 28th June – 4th July.

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